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Chapter Recognition — Why These Ten Criteria?

1. Have any of the current chapter leaders attended a Chapter Leadership training session?

If not, visit EAA.org/ChapterTraining. EAA offers two different training options for chapter leaders. The two-day Chapter Leadership Academy is hosted in Oshkosh, while the one-day Chapter Leadership Boot Camps are hosted all around the country. For 2020 and 2021, we have added Virtual Chapter Leadership Training which will also count toward Chapter Recognition. Visit EAA.org/VirtualTraining to register to attend.

How is this criteria calculated?

If at least one current chapter officer has attended a chapter leadership boot camp or academy in the previous five years, your chapter earns this point.


2. In the past 12 months, has your chapter membership been growing, staying steady, or shrinking?

At EAA, we like to say, "If you ain't growing, you're dying." It is important to always be focused on membership retention and growth. One of the best ways to keep you chapter growing is to create value to the members. This value comes from three areas; Aviation, Education, and Socializing. Read the ChapterGram article "Added Value: What Does Your Chapter Offer?" and learn how your chapter can add more value for your members.

How is this criteria calculated?

Based off your chapter's self-reported membership number during annual chapter renewal, the year over year membership change is calculated. If your chapter has steady membership and at least 20 members, your chapter earns this point.


3. Does your chapter offer an IMC Club or VMC Club?

Although the cornerstone of EAA is supporting those who build and fly their own aircraft, it is equally important to support every type of aviation interest.

Having a VMC and/or IMC Club is a great way to provide pilot proficiency and safety of flight for your members, no matter what type of aircraft they fly. These organized hangar-flying scenarios are completely free to all EAA chapters; however, you must appoint a VMC and IMC Club coordinator to adopt these programs.

Learn more about the VMC Club ›

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How is this criteria calculated?

If the chapter has an IMC or VMC Club Coordinator on record for the previous year, the chapter earns this point.


4. Does your chapter engage with the Young Eagle program or Flying Start?

Flying Young Eagles and Eagle Flight participants is one of the best ways to engage your local community in aviation. Young Eagle rallies provide your members a great excuse to get together and volunteer, all while introducing the next generation to aviation. Flying Start is a great way to introduce local adults to the aviation and flight training options in your area.

If your chapter is looking to host its first Young Eagles rally, check out our Young Eagles Rally Planner here.

To learn more about Flying Start, visit EAA.org/FlyingStart.

How is this criteria calculated?

If your chapter has flown at least 10 Young Eagles in the previous year, or hosted a Flying Start event, your chapter earns this point.


5. Does you chapter have an EAA approved Flight Advisor or Technical Counselor?

Homebuilding is the corner stone of EAA and it is equally important to chapters. In fact, over 30% of chapter members said they joined an EAA Chapter to expand their homebuilding skills and knowledge.

Flight Advisors are a great asset to those members who are approaching Phase 1 flight testing of their homebuilt or transitioning to a new type of airplane. Flight Advisors are also great candidates to give presentations on flying new airplanes and/or test flying homebuilt aircraft.

Technical Counselors provide an extra layer of safety to those building their own airplane. Technical Counselors are very experienced builders, who volunteer their time to help members through the build process, every step of the way! Technical Counselors can also be great presenters on aircraft building or even demo specific building techniques.

To learn more about Flight Advisors, visit EAA.org/FlightAdvisors. To learn more about Technical Counselors, visit EAA.org/TechCounselors.

How is this criteria calculated?

If your chapter has a Flight Advisor or Technical Counselor on record for the previous year, your chapter earns this point.


6. Do your chapter members engage in EAA's Annual Chapter Member survey?

In 2017 EAA began sending out an annual survey to all chapters, so they could distribute this survey to their members. This survey helps give EAA a direct look into how the chapter member experience can be improved.

More importantly, the results of this survey are shared back to the chapter. The chapter can then use these results to gauge the satisfaction level of their members. Using these results, the chapter can improve the overall member experience.

How is this criteria calculated?

If at least 20% of your chapter members participate in the survey (number of members is determined by the chapter-reported number during renewal), and your chapter receives a Net Promotor Score of at least 50 out of 100. (Chapter network average is approximately 60).


7. Does your chapter participate in the Young Eagles Build and Fly program, the Young Eagles Workshop program, or send a youth to EAA's Air Academy.

EAA chapters are often wondering what they can offer to youth, following a Young Eagles flight, that will keep them engages. EAA has developed a number of turnkey solutions to help address that question.

Young Eagles Build and Fly – The EAA Young Eagles Build and Fly program is an intensive RC model building and flying "program in the box" designed to introduce youth to aircraft construction and the fundamentals of flight.

Young Eagles Workshops – The EAA Young Eagles Workshops program provides an opportunity for EAA chapters to offer youths (approximately ages 11 to 17) an opportunity to learn about aviation in a social setting at a local airport. EAA Young Eagles Workshops can be a one-day or multiple-day experience geared toward introducing kids to the basics of airplanes and aviation.

EAA Air Academy sponsorship – EAA chapters can utilize Young Eagle credits to sponsor youth to EAA's Air Academy. These credits can be used to partially or fully fund the cost of the camp.

How is this criteria calculated?

If the chapter participates in one of the three available youth programs listed above, during the previous year, the chapter will earn this point.


8. Has your chapter used a ChapterBlast promotional email?

Chapters have a great opportunity to reach out to local EAA members via a ChapterBlast email. A ChapterBlast is a promotional email sent by EAA on behalf of your chapter, to invite regional EAA members to your chapter event. The email will be sent to all EAA members within roughly 75 miles of the chapter event.

A ChapterBlast is the perfect way to invite new EAA members to your Meet-n-Greet, Fly-In, Open House, or Pancake Breakfast.

Each chapter is limited to 3 ChapterBlasts per year and requests must be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the event.

To request a ChapterBlast, please fill out the request form here.

How is this criteria calculated?

If your chapter requested one ChapterBlast from EAA in the previous year, your chapter earns this point.


9. Does your chapter host at least two public events per year (i.e. Fly-In, Pancake Breakfast, Airport Open House etc.)?

The number one reason why EAA members join chapters is for aviation activities. By hosting a minimum of two chapter activities per year, outside of your monthly gatherings, you are satisfying their hunger for aviation activities. In addition, these events provide great recruiting opportunities and can introduce your local community to general aviation.

In addition, fly-ins and airport open houses can be some of the most effective recruiting techniques. They provide your chapter the opportunity to show your community the positive impact your chapter is having on the airport.

How is this criteria calculated?

If your chapter submitted at least two insurance requests in the previous year, for an event other than a monthly gathering, your chapter earns this point.


10. Does your chapter have their own facility to host presentations, meetings, or build sessions?

Having a chapter home is one of the final ways to help take your over the top. Having space to host presentations, meeting, build session, potluck dinners, etc. is a fantastic asset. These locations create a sense of chapter pride and open the members up to many new opportunities.

Chapters don't necessarily need to own their own facility, they can also rent or lease space. Either way, EAA can help provide insurance!

How is this criteria calculated?

Any chapter that owns, leases, or has 24/7 access for at least 30 consecutive days should purchase facility insurance. If your chapter purchases facility insurance during the annual chapter renewal process, your chapter earns this point.


Extra Credit Activities

EAA recognizes that many chapters participate in meaningful activities that are not represented within the chapter recognition program. A few of these activities include offering a chapter tool crib, offering a chapter scholarship (separate from Ray Aviation Scholarship), hosting a chapter build project, or a youth build project. EAA will allow chapters to submit these activities for potential extra credit, which will go towards the overall recognition score.

How is this criteria calculated?

Each September to November, chapters will be able to submit qualified activities for chapter recognition extra credit. Keep your eye on ChapterGram and check back on EAA.org/ChapterRecognition to know when extra credit activities can be submitted.

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